20 inches! And it’s not done yet, although it has slowed down considerably since yesterday. This was no surprise storm, as it had been predicted for several days. It’s the first big storm for the ’09 – ’10 winter and it delivered exactly as the forecasters promised – pretty impressive (the storm AND the forecasters)!
This is a shot of the front of the house after it was shoveled for the 3rd time in two days. That’s about a 13″ buildup on top of the mailbox! The city’s snowplows also left me a present this morning, making it more difficult to dig out. That’s a bit unusual for them. They usually plop a pile between my neighbors driveway and mine, but not last night. Oh well, it’s not like I’ve got much else that can get done today anyway.
Sorry about the large gaps between posts. I’m working on some stuff and haven’t gotten around to posting. I’m still taking photo’s though and at some point, some of them will make it onto here.
Photo Deets: 1/500, f5.6, ISO200 @ 10mm, cropped. Overcast conditions and if you look closely you can see it is snowing in the picture.
Until next time,
***Update*** – Forgot to mention – if you click the picture, you’ll get taken to my photostream on Flickr.
My first attempt at street photography. This is a severe crop of the original photo, which is much larger. It contains a two-way street construction sign in the right foreground. It is very prominent and a very bright orange, that, once I viewed it on my ‘puter, I found to be very distracting. I like this comp much better as it is a more accurate depiction of what I remember about the scene, namely the long line of yellow trucks on the left.
I found the experience of getting this shot to have a certain energy I’ve never felt before and I’m not sure how to describe it. Certainly I was very self-aware of shooting on the street. There was also some excitement and anxiety as I was being watched by a construction crew who were setting pylons behind me. In fact, two other crew members met with the cone-setters as I was leaving and were clearly discussing why I was there taking photos. All-in-all, it was a fun experience but I’m not sure if street photography is for me. I’ll definitely try it a few more times though, before I make up my mind.
Deets: 50mm, 1/400, f/8, ISO100.
Until next time,
The land was first occupied by the U.S. Army in 1887, following a request by citizens of Denver, CO for a fort in an area they felt was still isolated from the rest of the country. This despite the fact that the government had started closing some of its more isolated forts now that most Native Americans had been moved onto reservations.
A temporary barracks and guardhouse were completed by the soldiers of the 18th Infantry in December of that same year. I believe this building was added to the fort by the 18th Engineers in the 1930’s. There is at least one building left on the grounds that was built in 1889 and I will go back to photograph that at a later date.
The fort was closed in 1946 and the Veteran’s Administration used the fort’s hospital building from then until 1951, when they moved into new digs in Denver. In 1949, 214 acres on the western edge of the post became Fort Logan National Cemetery. This included the original 3.2 acre post cemetery first used in 1889.
Today over 200 acres of the original fort now are home to the State of Colorado and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan as well as some other social programs run by the state. Many of the buildings currently on the property were built in the 1960’s when the state was deeded the land.
Photo Deets: Nifty fifty, 1/800, f/4, ISO400 as a sliver of afternoon light broke through a large, overcast sky.
Until next time,